Take a Class with Chautauqua Dance

Join us on Monday and Wednesday evenings for Open Intermediate Ballet taught by rotating guest faculty and star CHQ Dance alumni Anna Gerberich and Pete Leo Walker.

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Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations with Chautauqua Dance

Mondays will feature Opera artists and be hosted by Chautauqua Opera Company General and Artistic Director Steven Osgood; Tuesdays will feature Chautauqua Dance and be hosted by Artistic Advisor Sasha Janes; Wednesdays will feature Theater artists and be hosted by Chautauqua Theater Company Artistic Director Andrew Borba; Thursdays will feature soloists in recital and be hosted by Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rossen Milanov, and Fridays will feature popular entertainment artists and be hosted by Vice President of Performing and Visual Arts Deborah Sunya Moore. We hope this panoply of performances will lift your spirits and invite you bring those spirits (ones that fill both your heart and your glass) to join us at 5 p.m. on most weekdays through the summer. Be it with cocktail or mocktail, come for conversation. Every artist on this series is eager to welcome you into the conversation — see you there!

Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations with Chautauqua Dance featuring: Alumni Stars Angelica Generosa & Pete Leo Walker
Tuesday, June 30 at 5 p.m. | Virtual Porch | View Details



Festival/ Apprentice/ Workshop | Technique Class 12–1:15 p.m. (classes with Misa will begin at 10 a.m.)

Festival/Apprentice Women | Variations/Pointe 2–3 p.m.

Men | Conditioning, Turns & Jumps, Yoga 2–3 p.m.

Workshop | Variations, Pointe, Pilates 2–3 p.m.

Festival/Apprentice | Choreography, Yoga, Pilates, ADirector 3:15 p.m.

Festival/Apprentice | Contemporary, Pilates, Hip Hop, Yoga 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Workshop | Contemporary, Pilates, Hip Hop, Yoga 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Festival | Coaching, Wellness 6–7 p.m.

Apprentice | Contemporary 6–7 p.m.

Open Ballet | Mon/Wed 6–7:15 p.m.

Schedules are subject to change but should stay basically the same.

Week One Class Schedule

July 13–August 7, 2020

The Chautauqua School of Dance will be presenting a 4-week intensive online program for the summer of 2020. The program is structured to continue the School of Dance’s tradition of fostering the development of artistry and technique at the highest levels. Class sizes will remain small to maintain personalized and individual attention.

Daily technique classes will be supplemented with classes in Contemporary, Hip Hop, Choreography, Pilates, Yoga, and more. Additional program offerings include:

  • Master Classes and talks with Visiting Artistic Directors*
  • Coaching sessions with Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux*
  • Q&A sessions with Faculty and Alumni
  • Lectures on special topics such as Career Guidance and Injury Prevention
  • Dance Film Watch Parties
  • Opportunities for socializing and creating new friendships
  • Access to all of Chautauqua’s Online Offerings, with featured lectures by prominent speakers and performances from all disciplines

*Apprentice & Festival Only

While nothing can replace a summer on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution, the Online School of Dance hopes to provide a learning experience that captures the essence of Chautauqua and brings the warm, nurturing studio environment to our dancers at home.


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Under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, students work regularly with world-renowned resident and guest faculty.

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Visiting Artistic Directors

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We are so pleased to have Peter Boal, Julie Kent, Alonzo King and Paul Vasterling join our program this summer as artistic directors.

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The Programs

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World-class dance training for aspiring professionals in a nurturing studio environment.

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Classes will be offered Monday through Friday starting with technique at Noon EST and running through the evening. Detailed weekly schedules will be announced soon.

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An important part of being a well-rounded dancer includes wellness. Weekly yoga sessions and Pilates will be offered to all dancers in our online school. These classes will be live but also recorded and accessible by a link so you can view in any timezone or country with ease and at your own pace. Lectures will include seminars on injury prevention, mindfullness and more.

Public Offerings

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In keeping with Chautauqua Dance’s tradition of including and embracing the support of the greater Chautauqua community, stay tuned for announcements of special events including curated discussions with distinguished alumni and faculty and open dance classes where dancers of all abilities and experience are invited to experience the excellence of our program. 

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Company Apprentice Dancers

July 13–August 7 (Ages: 16–19)
This prestigious program is geared toward advanced dancers preparing to enter the professional dance world. They receive coaching with Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and career mentoring from faculty members.

“Chautauqua is unlike any summer intensive offered; it is truly a unique and eye-opening experience in the pre-professional ballet world. I came away from the summer with a whole new outlook and appreciation for ballet and improvement that was the result of such a rigorous yet amazing program.”

– Brigitte Kossuth, Wexford Dance Academy, Apprentice 2019

Chautauqua Festival Dancers

July 13–August 7 (Ages: 15–18)
Designed for advanced dancers, approximately 16 girls and up to 8 boys are selected for this intensive program. The Festival dancer curriculum has a major focus on individual artistic growth and technical improvement. They also have the opportunity for coaching sessions with the resident faculty including Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.

“It was amazing to be surrounded by all the talented dancers, musicians, opera singers, painters, sculptors, and actors that filled my summer experience with inspiration and growth. I will forever be grateful to the Chautauqua Dance program for creating an environment that I believe is helping me and so many others reach our potential as performing artists.”

– Christiana Cecere, The Conservatory at Northeast School of Ballet, Festival 2019

Workshop Dancers

July 13–August 7 (Ages 11-14)
The ballet workshops for talented young dancers enroll 20 girls and up to six boys for one to four weeks. Classes include ballet, pointe, variations, character, contemporary, & hip hop with resident faculty and special guest artists.

"Chautauqua is a beautiful place filled with kind, supportive dancers and legendary faculty all in a quaint community where everyone loves the arts. The teachers care so much about each dancer and will make sure you achieve your potential while having the best summer of your life!"


– Scarlett Starkey, Cincinnati Ballet Academy, Workshop I 2019

"Chautauqua is an amazing place where you can improve all aspects of dance, including your technique and performance skills. I attended Workshop 2 twice and both experiences were unforgettable. Everyone on the faculty care about each student and make sure they have the best experience possible. "

– Elizabeth Bilotti, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Workshop II 2018 & 2019

We are so pleased to announce that the following Artistic Directors will be joining our program this summer:

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Peter Boal,
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Julie Kent,
The Washington Ballet
Alonzo King,
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Paul Vasterling,
Nashville Ballet


This is an exciting new addition to the 2020 curriculum that furthers our efforts to foster multiple career paths for enrolled dancers. Julie Kent, Peter Boal, and Paul Vasterling will each teach a class and provide personalized feedback and professional advice. Alonzo King will be meeting with students in small groups of three to view their interpretations of a solo from his choreographic works that will be taught by special guest Michael Montgomery, a member of Alonzo King LINES ballet.